WPIAL approves section alignments for winter sports, basketball must wait
Tuesday, February 18, 2020 | 12:12 AM
The WPIAL released updated sections for some winter sports, but basketball won’t be ready for awhile.
The WPIAL board approved alignments for gymnastics, rifle and wrestling at Monday’s meeting. However, the WPIAL can’t finalize new basketball sections until after the PIAA decides which teams must move up under its competitive-balance formula, associate executive director Amy Scheuneman told the board.
The PIAA won’t know that until after the state semifinals.
Teams forced to play in a higher classification have a chance to appeal, so there could be uncertainty beyond mid-March.
The WPIAL board did approve new wrestling sections based more on geography and less on competitive balance.
Rifle has the same number of teams as this season (16) but will divide them into four sections rather than three.
The gymnastics sections remained the same, but Hampton will not field a team next season.
Baldwin, Burrell, Fox Chapel, North Allegheny, Pine-Richland, Thomas Jefferson
Central Valley, Chartiers Valley, Hopewell, Moon, Montour, South Side, West Allegheny
McGuffey, Upper St. Clair, Waynesburg, West Greene
Avella, Bethel Park, Trinity, Washington
Hempfield, Mt. Lebanon, Penn-Trafford, Woodland Hills
Armstrong, Butler, Indiana, Plum
Chris Harlan is a Tribune-Review Staff Writer. You can contact Chris by email at email@example.com or via Twitter .
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